Arbitration: which seat to choose?
Feb 6 @ 18:00 – 20:00

More information coming later

“Complex tax issues arising between France and the United Kingdom for private clients”
Mar 26 @ 18:00 – 20:00

The Franco-British Lawyers Society is delighted to invite you to a seminar aiming to compare and contrast tax issues relating to private clients on both sides of the Channel and look at the specific issues arising in cross-border matters.

The specific tax issues which will be discussed will include the inheritance tax and the gift tax, as well as income tax questions and the French Impôt sur la Fortune Immobilière.

To reserve a place, please email the FBLS Administrator at Numbers are limited and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  We welcome you to join the Franco-British Lawyers Society.

We will have the pleasure to have a panel composed by the following speakers:

  • Géraldine Appert, Senior Wealth Planner, Vice President at Lombard Odier & Cie. Géraldine specializes in international wealth planning and more precisely in the UK resident non domiciled segment of the issue as well as in estate and international succession.
  • Sarah Bogard, Senior Solicitor in the Private Client, Trusts and Estates team as well as head of the French Property, Tax and Estates Team at Furley Page. Her area of expertise in both the English and French law ranges from wills and trust to estates and issues that might arise from French property ownership.
  • Patrick Delas, Senior Associate at Russell Cooke Solicitors whose specialty includes advising on French and cross-border issuesincluding inheritance tax, capital gains tax, wealth tax and trust reporting obligations.
  • Diane Le Grand de Belleroche, a partner at BeFair Avocats in Paris, Diane is an avocat at the French Bar and a solicitor of England and Wales, and she specialises in international private client matters, in particular in international successions, and advises clients both in France and abroad, with a particular focus on situations split between France and England.

Diane will also intervene as the panel moderator.

Franco-British Maritime Colloquium
Jun 26 @ 08:00 – Jun 27 @ 22:00

More information will be posted at a later date

Legal Careers Forum @ Bloomsbury University of Law
Nov 18 @ 18:00 – 21:00


 Wednesday 18 November  2020, 6.00 – 9.00pm

University of Law, 14 Store Street, London WC1E 7DE Room SG01 ‘Ground Floor, Store Street Building’

 Followed by drinks kindly provided by the University of Law

To register email the FBLS Administrator at:


All law students, trainees and recently qualified lawyers are invited to attend the Forum,

organised in conjunction with The University of Law – Bloomsbury.

Members of the Panel will address different aspects of legal careers in the UK, Belgium and France.

All talks will be in English but questions in French are more than welcome.


Chairman: Simon Horsington
Barrister Grays Inn, 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square Chambers
Former Legal Director Fidelity International, Global Attorney PIMCO, Counsel Regulator IMRO, Founder member of and Vice-Président d’Honneur of  FBLS, Chevalier de La Legion d’Honneur, de l’Ordre National du Mérite et de L’Ordre du Mérite Maritime
Lucie Bruneau- Carpentieri Assistante de la Magistrate de liaison à Londres,  Ambassade de France au Royaume Uni, précédemment  Legal Headhunter at SSQ in London and Litigator at Saidji&Moreau in Paris. Avocat au barreau de Paris.
  Gay Bailey Policy adviser at the Ministry of Justice in family law advising in particular HM Government on EU matters relating to family law.


Leonardo Carpentieri Counsel at LMS LLP in London. Avocat au Barreau de Paris and Solicitor of England & Wales specialised in international arbitration, primarily in the infrastructure and energy sectors. Previously lawyer in Paris & London for international law firms. President of the English Committee of the FBLS.


Floriane Laruelle Trainee Solicitor at Dawson Cornwell Solicitors ( who started her legal career  as a para legal)  in the Private client and Family Law Department .


Sally Osborn


Notary Public, Past President of The Notaries Society; retired English solicitor with a London practice where she set up the “French Department”.


Rosalie Johnstone

 &  Rebecca Mee



Both  completed their training contracts with Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP London; in September  this year Rosalie and Rebecca qualified into, respectively, the Banking & Finance and International Dispute Resolution teams of the London office of  Gide Loyrette Nouel




Registration at 5.45pm for a prompt start at 6pm

No charge: those attending are encouraged to become members of the Franco-British Lawyers Society (£15 annual subscription fee for students, interns and trainee solicitors) For information & registration email the FBLS Administrator at:


Trade law / sanctions @ Hogan Lovells (London)
Dec 31 @ 18:00 – 20:00

Date & Time  TBC

More information to follow

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